February 5, 2004  Thursday

Pondering ban, Bush condemns ruling
International Herald Tribune, France - 2-5-04

...Christian group Focus on the Family, said its founder, James Dobson, heard in a conversation on Tuesday night with the president's senior adviser, Karl Rove, that Bush had decided to back an amendment. "It is not a question of if, but when," Stanton said....

Transatlantic cleavage
Economist (subscription), UK -2-5-04


War Without Weapons
TomPaine.com, D.C. - 2-5-04

Now the whole world knows there was nothing to preempt.
Powell's triumph at the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003, was a pyrrhic victory. Until then, Powell was the only senior U.S. national security official with some residual credibility on Iraq. But he proved to be the martinet...

Don't dismiss a Bush-Romney ticket
Boston.com, MA - Feb 3, 2004

BUSH-ROMNEY? Just speculating . . . if Massachusetts Senator John Kerry wins the Democratic presidential nomination. On New Hampshire primary day, Vice President Dick Cheney met with the pope and visited American soldiers at a military base in Italy. On that same day, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney...


Bush wants to ban gays from getting married with an amendment to the Constitution? I would prefer that he would ban all the porn spam that fills our email boxes---which is much more offensive than Janet Jackson's pasty.


Martha Stewart Trial: Defense Grills Prosecution Star Witness
WestportNow.com, CT - 2-5-04
Defense lawyers in the stock fraud trial of Westport's Martha Stewart
grilled star prosecution witness Douglas Faneuil today. The ...

"President Bush released his new $2.4 trillion federal budget. It has two parts. I believe they are smoke and mirrors." Jay Leno

A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign
Sleeping With the GOP

by Wayne Barrett with special reporting by Adam Hutton and Christine
Lagorio February 5th, 2004 8:20 AM Village Voice


The Problem with Al Sharpton The Black Commentator 2-5-04



FEC Asked to Withhold Sharpton's Matching Funds


The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) announced that it will file an amendment today to its Feb. 2 complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging additional violations of federal campaign law by Rev. Al Sharpton and others...

"This Iraqi intelligence scandal is growing. Americans are asking: What did President Bush not know and when did he mispronounce it?"
Craig Kilborn

Seen in a photo released Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 by the U.S. Air Force, Capt. Christopher Stricklin ejects from the USAF Thunderbirds number six aircraft less than a second before it impacted the ground at an air show at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Sept. 14, 2003. Stricklin, who was not injured, ejected after both guiding the jet away from the crowd of more than 60,000 people. (USAF/HO)





Saddam ordered Koran written in his own blood: calligrapher

Wed Feb 4,11:49 PM ET

Calligrapher Abbas Shaker Jawdah toiled for two years to transcribe the Koran, Islam's holy book, on a personal commission from Saddam Hussein, writing in what he was told was the dictator's own blood....



Girl Suspended from School for Saying 'Hell'

Reuters - 2-5-04

A second-grade girl from Pittsburgh was suspended this week from her public elementary school for saying the word "hell" to a boy in her class..



3 Accused of Putting Hairpieces on Cows

AP -2-5-04

Three livestock exhibitors at last year's Ohio State Fair have been disqualified for allegedly outfitting their Holstein cows with hairpieces.


Dog tired.

5-Minute Video of George W. Bush on the Morning of 9/11

If you can't watch the video, there is a picture timeline.  Click on the link above.

Bush just sat there for 5 minutes AFTER he was told the second plane hit the World Trade Center.  He just sat there with grade school kids.  What kind of leader just sits there when thousands were dying?

Disturbing News

Supreme Court Mulls Enemy Combatant Case

Wed Feb 4, 3:59 PM ET - (AP)

Lawyers for a U.S.-born terrorism suspect asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to reject government claims that their client is a dangerous enemy combatant who may be held indefinitely without charges or trial.


Media Firm Does Ads for Bush and Medicare

AP - 2-5-04

A media firm working for President Bush's re-election campaign has a share of the administration's publicly funded $12.6 million advertising effort touting the new Medicare law....


Bush Says Sept. 11 Panel Needs More Time

AP - Thu Feb 5, 4:04 AM ET

President Bush, changing his mind again on a politically charged investigation, now says the congressional panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks should have more time to complete its final report.


U.S. Investigates Halliburton Subsidiary

AP - Thu Feb 5, 4:47 AM ET

A subsidiary of Halliburton Co. is under scrutiny by the Justice Department over allegations that it was involved in payment of $180 million in bribes to win a natural gas project contract in Nigeria. Vice President Dick Cheney was head of Halliburton at the time.


House OKs Hire Limits by Religious Groups

AP - Wed Feb 4, 6:58 PM ET

The House voted Wednesday to extend a program that lets religious groups restrict employment to members of their faith in hiring for community programs financed by federal grants.


Water Agency Fired Manager Who Warned of D.C. Lead

By David Nakamura
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 4, 2004

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority fired a high-ranking manager last year who had repeatedly warned top agency officials and federal authorities of lead contamination in the city's tap water before tests last summer revealed that the lead exceeded federal limits in thousands of homes.

The Secretary of Labor Is the Enemy of Labor

Newsday 2-4-04

By law, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao is required "to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners of the United States." Given her record, American workers might want to make a symbolic citizens' arrest of the secretary for breaking the law....


Subject: Rove and poison

Here is a little tidbit about Karl Rove. Some years ago, Rove attended the University of Utah. There was an incident in the Chemistry lab regarding mysterious white powders that shut the place down just prior to finals. Kept the lab shut for quite some time. Seems that Rove-boy was failing a class and couldn't take the Professor's assessment. My point, a mysterious white powder (ricin) shows up in a Senate mail room. The mysterious white powder got past the fortress security and DHS. The mysterious white powder didn't come from an envelope or package. But, there it was. Now, there was a Senate intern working in the mailroom at the time the powder was discovered. The intern is from Utah. Now, the alarm is sounded and the room is cleared. But, the girl intern is sent back to work in the mailroom for two hours before they decide that the powder is ricin and THEN, she is de-contaminated. Strange? Granted but, things like this happen a lot in Utah and anywhere Karl Rove has sway. The 'ricin' incident at the Senate mailroom was an INSIDE job. Smells like......are you ready......Karl Rove.

Don in Utah

I guess Rove has learned by experience.  Can anyone out there verify this? I would love to read more about this.

Thanks for writing Don!

An aerial shot of crop circles in England.